The Spy Who Came In from the Playground[1] is the fourth episode of the fourth season of Recess, which was first broadcast on September 13, 1999.


There is a mole in The Recess Gang's midst, who is ratting out all their secret routes and short-cut strategies. His name is James Stone, and he is befriended by T.J. and the rest of the Gang.


  • Fall 1997 (according to Miracle on Third Street)


  • This was the final episode to be written by Michael Kramer.
  • Clips of this episode were included in Toon Disney's "Weekend Bonus Stacks" promo.
  • This episode was paired with "A Genius Among Us" outside the US.
  • The title of this episode may be a reference to John Le Carre's 'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.'
  • Technically, since James was a spy he was actually a John Andre (who was a spy for the British during the Revolutionary War) because Benedict Arnold was an American who switched to the British.
  • This is one of the few episodes mentioned in the movie, "Recess Christmas: Miracle on Third Street".
  • This is a rare time where Randall is on the gang's side.


  • T.J. Detweiler - Andrew Lawrence
  • Vince LaSalle - Rickey D'Shon Collins
  • Ashley Spinelli - Pamela Segall-Adlon
  • Gretchen Grundler - Ashley Johnson
  • Mikey Blumberg - Jason Davis
  • Gus Griswald - Courtland Mead
  • Miss Finster - April Winchell
  • Miss Grotke - Allyce Beasley
  • Principal Prickly - Dabney Coleman
  • Randall Weems - Ryan O'Donohue
  • Ashley Armbruster - Anndi McAfee
  • Lunchlady Irma - Tress MacNeille
  • Superintendent Skinner - John Astin
  • James Stone - Jason Marsden